4-Star EDGE target Colton Vasek visiting for Texas football July BBQ

Colton Vasek, Texas Football
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Head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff will soon be able to officially put the July dead period behind them when the Texas football program gears up for the July BBQ this coming weekend. Texas’ biggest visit weekend of the month is set to come starting on July 28, which will see a plethora of key targets of the 2023, 2024, and 2025 recruiting classes come to Austin for at least a couple of days.

The visitor list for the July BBQ weekend is largely still being assembled. But with each passing day, it looks like we’re getting at least a couple of key visitors added to the list for this coming weekend.

And one of the most recent additions to the visitor list for the weekend is a local product and the highly touted four-star Austin-Westlake edge rusher Colton Vasek. A report from Gerry Hamilton of Inside Texas/On3 on July 26 (paid content) indicates that Vasek is now expected to be one of the unofficial visitors on campus in Austin for the July BBQ this weekend.

Vasek is now one of a few blue-chip defensive linemen/edge rushers expected to be on campus for the July BBQ. A few of the other names worth knowing among the visitors along the defensive front among targets of the Longhorns 2024 class are four-star Moss Point (MS) defensive lineman Jamarious Brown and four-star Naaman Forest (TX) defensive lineman Markis Deal.

Texas football reportedly hosting 4-Star EDGE Colton Vasek for a visit this weekend

Moreover, this is big for Texas to get Vasek to campus for a visit ahead of the start of fall camp. Vasek is one of the top priorities among edge rusher targets for the Longhorns 2023 class this offseason. And with Vasek’s decision anticipated to surface before the start of the 2022 college football season, this could be the last visit that Texas gets before he shuts things down.

Texas looks to currently be duking it out with the Oklahoma Sooners and Oregon Ducks among Vasek’s top schools this summer.

There is no guarantee that Texas will be able to win this recruitment given the traction that both Oregon and Oklahoma have with Vasek this offseason. If Vasek decides he wants to take his talents away from home, Oregon looks to be the favorite.

But if he decides that he wants to stay closer to home, that will clearly give Texas and Oklahoma the edge. Texas obviously has the geographic proximity advantage here with the Austin native Vasek.

This will be the third time that Vasek has visited Texas in 2022. He had his official visit take place on June 14, and then another unofficial on Jan. 22.

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Texas currently holds commits from 20 recruits in the 2023 class following a pledge from the touted four-star Dr. Phillips (FL) offensive tackle Payton Kirkland last weekend. According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2023 Texas recruiting class ranks at No. 4 in the nation.